of my readers helping a fellow web forum member]...
"Regarding setting your detector to "Auto" Tune
when hunting in AM mode, this is referred to as the dynamic
method of Ground Balancing on page 6-4 of Robert H. Sickler's
book titled DETECTORIST. He says this is his preferred method,
as opposed to the usual static method. He also says that the
dynamic method is less confusing, faster and just as accurate as
the static method.
If you don't have
the above book, I highly recommend it, as there are many unique
tips, accompanied by his excellent sketches, that I haven't
found in any other MD'ing books or magazines and I have a large
collection! He is the graphic artist who designed the series of
sketches depicting how to dig a target, that you often see in
other publications. After reading the book, I'm sure all will
agree, Bob Sickler is truly a master detectorist, writer and
Todd E. Brock, Ohio [Thank
have your book titled DETECTORIST, A How to Guide to Better
Metal Detecting, last copyright 1994, and it is at the top
of my list of favorite metal detecting tutorials! Your style of
writing, along with the excellent drawings, makes the book
unbeatable and I have recommended it highly to members on the
Your Book really
gets into the "nitty-gritty" of what newbies and old
timers alike need to know for better success in the field. I
have a dozen other md'ing books by prominent authors, yet they
do not address many of the concepts included in your book, for
example, the section titled Target Perception, beginning
on page 6-12.
Thanks for the
hard work and sacrifices you endured to create this wonderful
book; it is a great contribution to everyone interested in metal
detecting and I hope you are reaping your just rewards!"
E. Brock, Ohio
"What a thorough book,
how lucky I am to have purchased a copy of it many thanks to you!
I appreciate your inscribing this book for me, too. Your book takes
me (very curious amateur) on an educational odyssey that's
much-needed and your enthusiasm and considerate approach for both the
detectorist and the environment is excellent. I will have many happy
days of reading and re-reading your book, learning how to become a better
detectorist than I ever could have without your thorough, clear
Carol Hook, Virginia
wanted to reach out and say how much I enjoyed reading your
book. I have already taken your advice to the field, and have
had great success. I am a novice to detecting, but I have been
officially been bitten by the bug. (I find myself checking for
silvers before placing change into my pocket). The definitions
and simplification of terms helped me understand what to look
and listen for while hunting. I did not have a firm grasp what
threshold was or how to properly ground balance my detector
until reading Detectorist. Thanks for writing a book for the
everyday enthusiast, your knowledge has helped me
Winnie, New York
"I have just received your
book Detectorist. (Ordered mailed by me 11-18, sent by you 11-22, received by me 11-24,
and already read by me cover to cover!) It is unquestionably the most outstanding book
read by me in my 26 years in the hobby..."
Eugene A. Merecki, New York
"I'd like to thank you for
writing DETECTORIST. I bought my first and only metal detector more than ten years ago. I
quickly lost interest in it due to the fact that I was unable to find older coins. I am
once again inspired!"
Mark Palas, Minnesota
"Got your book
today and it delayed me in doing what I had planned to, it is
an excellent book. You have written it with an obvious passion and this
comes across in the text which makes it thoroughly enjoyable to read. I
have other hobbies one of which is keeping Discus fish, in this hobby there
is much hearsay and rigid opinion based on little fact. It is
see that you have based some of your text on observation that follows
reasonable rational, and scientific principle. Thank you for your
service and for writing an excellent book."
Sellors, United Kingdom
"...The book is wonderful and
is helping answer many mysteries that my manual never addressed... Thank you again so
Laura Van Horn, Kansas
"I purchased a copy of your
book Detectorist in January of this year and I would like to thank you for explaining a
lot of questions I had. I've read and re-read it and still refer to it, in fact, just last
week, over questions I have in the field... In closing I have one last question. When is
your next book coming out?"
R. A. Schoppe, Texas
"Before I read your book, I
thought I probably could have written one similar - me detecting since 1978 and all. Well,
NO-WAY! I learned a lot! Thanks for a great book! And thank you for sharing."
Paul Badali, Utah
"Thanks for taking the time
and putting your knowledge and experience on paper to share with those of us just
Kathy Hodges, Minnesota
"I recently purchased your
new book entitled Detectorist and thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly like the generic
format and I agree with your philosophy wholeheartedly. My hat's off to you for an
excellent job well done and a great eye catching cover too. If there ever was a book that
could be used as a study guide and textbook to aid in the teaching of the hobby/sport of
metal detecting, I think your book would be ideal and serve greatly for this purpose. You
certainly have achieved this feat..."
Barry Wainwright, New Jersey
"Thought I would drop you a
short note about your book. I found the book very informative, but more than that, I now
use it for a reference book."
Dennis J. Dostal, Ohio
"I received your book
DETECTORIST several months ago and have read it countless times, it's a work of
art!! Your book taught me much, thanks for such a publication!
Neil Bair, Pennsylvania
"Like a breath of fresh
air!" Thank You."
Dick Devoe, Kansas
saw your website on metal detecting today and just to let you know
that I have done very good in the last ten years after reading and
studying your two books that I bought from you. Several years ago
I was detecting an old school in MS and got a signal that read 100
on my Tesoro Toltec II on one side, then I rotated 90 degrees and
got a 85, then I decided that I should dig. Guess what? A silver
dollar and a silver dime, the silver dollar was lying on a 45
degree angle and the silver dime was lying next to it at about 5
inches! This has happened several times over the years and just to
let you know that your book paid off many times. I could tell you
quite a number of stories about this that happened many times, but
do not want to bore you... HA Take care.
book is one of the most informative I have ever read and it has
helped me in so many ways. I really appreciate the format and it
wasn't like most of the books I have purchased, just a sales pitch
for a particular brand and model. Again, I want to thank you. This
book should rate very high on the must have list for detectorists."
L. Dillingham, Missouri